With a chance to become relevant again in a bad division, the Jacksonville Jaguars failed to show up against the Oakland Raiders.
Well that sucked.
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The Jacksonville Jaguars are the worst coached team in the NFL and you don’t need to look any further than today’s performance to see why. In a game where they should’ve held their own, the team looked like hot garbage for 50+ minutes. The blame for the loss directly falls on the offense, but it’s on head coach Gus Bradley for not preparing this team to compete.
Here are some more quick notes from today’s miserable loss:
- If you weren’t panicking about the play of Blake Bortles before today, it’s a subject you can’t ignore anymore. The third year quarterback has always had issues with starting games fast, but now Bortles is just bad throughout the entire game. He threw a horrendous interception in the redzone in the first quarter, then failed to do anything of note until the game was well out of reach. He’s regressed and it’s to the point where it’s not clear what to do to try and help him play better.
- It’s not just Bortles – the entire offense has regressed. Allen Robinson is dropping passes that hit him in between the numbers, Allen Hurns disappears for long stretches, and Marqise Lee inexplicably has emerged as the number one option. The running game was still anemic despite a long rush by Chris Ivory, and Julius Thomas has done nothing to merit his salary. The Jaguars have a 10-6 defense and a 2-14 offense right now.
- I don’t know what to take away about the Raiders from this game because the Jaguars are so bad and Oakland didn’t have to do much, but Derek Carr is clearly miles ahead of Bortles. He got the Jaguars to jump offsides at least 4 times on hard counts and he made an outstanding throw to Michael Crabtree at the end of the half.
- Obviously this isn’t the reasoning he should use, but it’s gotta be tough for Shad Khan to watch his team subject the home fans to this garbage yet again. Head coach Gus Bradley saved his skin with an improbable win in London and then narrowly beating an awful Bears squad, but it’s clear he’s just a bad coach. This team seems woefully unprepared week after week and there’s no reason to think it’s going to change. He’s just not a winning head coach and the Jaguars are better off making the change sooner rather than later.
- Games like this are tough to categorize, but they are almost more disheartening than performances like the blowout in week 2 to the Chargers. The Jaguars should be able to compete with a team like Oakland so to see them look so outmatched is not encouraging. they let the punter convert a 4-and-24 by himself – that is the most Jaguars thing ever. I don’t really know what else to say except that things need to change. It might have to start with Gus Bradley leaving.